Illicit Drugs: Police, NDLEA Dislodge Suspected Drug Vendors

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Taskforce has revisited and raided Tora-Bora hills in Abuja, to dislodge suspected illicit drug lords and scavengers allegedly carrying out nefarious in the area and in other parts of the city.

The team consisting of the Nigeria Police, National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Military and paramilitary agencies including the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) stormed the place, chased after the suspects and destroyed makeshift structures providing cover for the illicit drugs peddling and other nefarious acts there.

It was observed that some suspected illicit drug lords on sighting the Taskforce officials took to their heels, abandoning packs of indian Hemps and other dangerous substances on heaps of refuse found at the notorious topside of the city.

Dangerous substances

Some of the items recovered included big and small wraps of fresh and dried indian hemps inside clusters of black nylons and papers, tablets and tubes of dangerous substances

Speaking to Journalists at the site, the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Ikharo Attah, said the exercise became imperative as it was gathered that the hitherto dislodged drug lords and scavengers were regrouping at the hills.

Attah disclosed that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello directed them to work under the guidance of the Commissioner of Police for the FCT, CP Dr. Sadiq Abubakar, who ensured that they revisited the place to dislodge the suspected criminals, as there was no hiding place for their nefarious acts.

Attah said: “You know the Minister had worked with several Police Commissioners on the issue. So we cleared the hill, and removed the drug lords from the place. But, sometimes, when the Minister was passing through here, he saw that heaps of waste kept by suspected scavengers (Baba-bolas) are returning back to the Tora-Bora hill we had cleared.

“Yes, they are returning back, but we won’t allowing that to happen here. And that is why we tell the illicit drugs lords that they can’t come into the nation’s capital city to freely sale drugs.

“Tora-Bora hill is a beauty topside overlooking the popular Apo Roundabout, and we will not allow such nefarious acts to be there.”

On some proactive measures taken to tackle the menace at the hill, the Minister Aide said the FCT Police Command has stationed a Police outpost there to be watching over and ensure that the drug lords doesn’t return, adding that NDLEA has also established their presence by having an outpost at the foot of the hill.

“So, with the combined effort of the security team of the Nigeria Police, NDLEA, Military and paramilitary agencies including the AEPB.”

He adds that those who deal on all hard drugs, would certainly remain out of business in FCT.


Lateefah Ibrahim

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